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Remembering Murray Thomson

It was not hyperbole when Jamie Swift, in an excellent Globe and Mail tribute, referred to Murray Thomson as the “dean of the Canadian peace movement.” Murray passed away earlier this month in Ottawa at the age of 96.  For many years WFM – Canada’s national office was in a building (“the Spruce Street peace ghetto”) […]

What do the Canadian federal political parties think about issues of interest to World Federalists?

During federal election campaigns, WFMC surveys the federal political parties about their positions on key foreign policy and global governance issues of interest to World Federalists, such as Canada’s support for peacekeeping, the Responsibility to Protect, and United Nations reform. We would like to invite you to tell us what issues and topics are most […]

It is time to renew your membership!

Spring has (finally) arrived, which means that it is time to renew your membership in WFMC. Current members will have received a membership renewal form in the mail, although you can also renew online. There is also the option of donating monthly. (If you would like to make a change to your monthly donation, please contact the National […]

UN Security Council Resolution 2467 on sexual violence in conflict

On April 23, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2467 on sexual violence in conflict, with China and Russia abstaining, after a lengthy debate which included briefings by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and barrister Amal Clooney, amongst others. Richard Arbeiter, Canadian Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the […]

UN2020 Initiative update

The UN2020 Initiative is a civil society-led effort mobilizing support for using the 75th anniversary of the United Nations as an opportunity to address the crisis in multilateralism. WFMC is providing secretariat services for an international NGO coordination group for the project. Since January 2017, the campaign has facilitated discussions with many member states, secretariat […]

Canada and MINUSMA

Canada’s deployment to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is still scheduled to end July 31, despite a request from the UN Department of Peace Operations that Canada remain a few months longer, until the replacement personnel from Romania are scheduled to be in place in October of this year. In a conference […]

Ventotene 2019: Calling All Young Activists

Are you (or do you know) a young activist, aged 35 or under, interested in the fields of international relations, global democracy and regional integration? Are you looking for a unique opportunity to deepen your knowledge about federalism and develop your activism and leadership skills? The World Federalist Movement (WFM), partnering with the Workable World Trustand theIstituto Spinelli, […]

Press release: Canada’s faltering support for UN peace operations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  2 April, 2019 Ottawa  – The Government of Canada has let down the United Nations once again.  In New York last Friday, at the time of the UN’s 2019 Peacekeeping Ministerial Meeting, Foreign Minister Freeland announced Canada’s decision not to extend its peacekeeping mission in Mali.  Canada’s mission is scheduled to end […]

It is time to renew your membership!

Spring has (finally) arrived, which means that it is time to renew your membership in WFMC. Current members will have received a membership renewal form in the mail, although you can also renew online. There is also the option of donating monthly. (If you would like to make a change to your monthly donation, please contact the National […]

Canada’s Human Rights Commitments

Originally launched in 2015 with former WFMC President, the late Warren Allmand, the Project on Canada’s Human Rights Commitments is a web-based educational resource, a database of Canada’s international commitments regarding the major international human rights and humanitarian law treaties and other instruments. The website offers Canadians an accessible, all-in-one-place presentation, in English and French, of the body of […]

The 2019 CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report

Each year CIVICUS publishes the State of Civil Society Report to analyse how contemporary events and trends are affecting civil society, and how civil society is responding to current issues and challenges.  “The right to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants and refugees is under attack as the world faces a crisis of global compassion. Right-wing populists are […]

Budget 2019 another missed opportunity for Canada’s development assistance

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) – the umbrella organization representing Canada’s international development and humanitarian organizations – expressed disappointment earlier this month that Budget 2019 did not contribute the additional resources required to achieve the ambitious targets the Government of Canada has set through its Feminist International Assistance Policy. This internationally acclaimed policy was developed […]

Earl Turcotte to lead CNANW

Earl Turcotte, a veteran Canadian diplomat and arms control specialist, has been appointed Chairperson of the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW), succeeding Bev Delong, who held the post for more than twenty years.  WFMC is one of 18 member organizations of the CNANW. Turcotte served as Director and Senior Coordinator for Mine Action with […]

Progress on the road to 2020

WFM – Canada Board member Florencia Gor, pictured at right with the United Nations President of the General Assembly, H.E. Ms Maria Fernanda Espinosa, Foreign Minister of Ecuador.  Florencia Gor led the UN2020 Initiative’s efforts earlier this month in Buenos Aires. Argentina, organizing a side event at the United Nations High Level Conference on South-South Cooperation. […]

The United States vs the International Criminal Court

Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announcedthat the United states will deny or revoke the visas of ICC personnel who are involved in the preliminary examination into the situation in Afghanistan. Financial sanctions and restrictions on “persons who take or have taken action to request or further such [ICC] investigations” were also suggested. Reaction […]

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